ARTISTS (since 2003)

Laura Samuel, violin. Born in London in 1976, Laura Samlue entered the Royal College of Music at the age of 8 as a Junior Exhibitioner, where she won all the major prizes and performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra in her final year.

Further studies at the R.C.M, as an Undergraduate Scholar with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky, led to performances of the Bartók 2nd and Elgar concertos. She won the Musicians Benevolent Fund Manoug Parikian Award, Royal Over-Seas League String Section and the Tunbridge Wells International Young Artists Competition, which resulted in her South Bank Recital debut. In 1994 she co-founded the Belcea Quartet whose principal teachers were members of the Amadeus, Alban Berg and Chilingirian Quartets.

During the sixteen years of Laura Samuel’s membership, the quartet won first prize in the Osaka and Bordeaux International Competitions, and performed worldwide, including regular trips to the States, Far East and throughout Europe, as well as a 5-year residency at the Wigmore Hall in London. Their numerous recordings for EMI Classics include Bartók, Janáček and Britten cycles as well as Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy and Ravel quartets and have won Gramophone, Midem, Edison and Echo Klassik Awards.

Samuel has taught Chamber Music at both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Northern College of Music. As a soloist, her performances this season include the Brahms, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev (2nd) Concertos and most recently the Barber at the QEH as part of the South Bank Bernstein Project.

In 2010, Samuel joined the Nash Ensemble. She plays the ex Nissel Stradivarius made in 1731.